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You can now download "7 SOLID ROADS TO WRITING SUCCESS" for only 99 cents at Amazon Kindle. Periodically, Amazon holds FREE days in which this e-book, "7 Solid Roads To Writing Success", can be obtained ENTIRELY FREE OF CHARGE. Upcoming free are March 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28!

Four more useful books are "Correct Writing Formats for Contests and Publishers", "How NOT To Write Short Stories: Seven Errors To Avoid", "How Writers Win Favor with Judges & Editors", and "Poetry Pitfalls". Normal price for each of these "Essential Writers' Guide" books is only 99 cents.

However, there are days on which you can obtain these books ENTIRELY FREE OF CHARGE: The next Free Days for "CORRECT WRITING FORMATS FOR CONTESTS AND PUBLISHERS" will be MARCH 24, 25, 26, 27 AND 28.

For "HOW NOT TO WRITE SHORT STORIES: SEVEN ERRORS TO AVOID": Free Days will be February 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21.



For "POETRY PITFALLS OR WHAT MAKES BAD VERSE WORSE": The next Free Days WILL ALSO BE February 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21.

"Nibbles of Nonsense Hilarious Comic Verse" will cost you only $2.99, if you miss out on the FREE days, the same free days as "Poetry Pitfalls", namely FEBRUARY 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21. This e-book and all the e-books listed above including "7 Solid Roads to Writing Success" are also available in the U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, China, Japan, India and Spain, but you will need to do a search at your local Amazon Kindle store for them.  

Humorous poetry is much in demand by both contests and readers. Here are some new anthologies of Humorous Poetry by John Howard Reid, which are now available at Amazon Kindle stores worldwide. They may give you some good ideas: "POETRY FOR LAZY SUMMER AFTERNOONS" will be free on MAY 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. "All Adrift in Charismatic Ports of Call" will be available FREE OF CHARGE on March 31, April 1, April 2, April 3 and April 4! "A DREAM OF HEAVEN and Other Poems" will be free on dates to be advised.

"ALWAYS KEEP SMILING: HUMOROUS POETRY" will be free on dates to be advised. "AS SOON AS I CAN FIND MY GLASSES" will be FREE on dates to be advised; "A DREAM OF HEAVEN AND OTHER POEMS" will be free on dates to be advised; "AHOY, HOLLYWOOD: Let's Go to the Movies" will be free on FEBRUARY 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21; "ALWAYS A PLEASURE: Humorous Poetry" will be free on dates to be advised!

ACTORS TAKE ALL! HUMOROUS POEMS will be free on APRIL 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23; A NEW GIRL IN TOWN will be free on DATES TO BE ADVISED. UP IN THE CLOUDS AND OTHER FLIGHTS OF FANCY, 77 Humorous Poems will be free on dates to be advised.

JHR's acclaimed Michaela Morris novel, AWESOME ADVENTURES IN THE MOVIE BUSINESS, will be FREE on dates to be advised.

Why so many dates to be advised? Amazon have changed the way FREE DAYS are distributed. There are still the same number of free days on offer, but these FREE DAYS must now be consecutive, rather than spread out all over the calendar as in the past. Amazon feel that this new system will be much easier to advertise and I certainly agree with them on that score!

Now here's a book that will help you succeed in literary contests and writing competitions: JHR's famous handbook "WRITE WAYS TO WIN WRITING CONTESTS: How to Join the Winners' Circle for Short Story Awards, Poetry Prizes, etc." Amazon have now published a Kindle edition for only $2.99! Barnes and Noble, Sony, Apple and other e-book stores are selling a slightly more updated edition for $3.99.

What's $2.99 compared to increasing your chances of carrying off a thousand dollars or more First Prize? 

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